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Today LA Hit The Highest Single-Day Total Of New COVID-19 Cases So Far

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Today L.A. County hit more disconcerting milestones, the worst being a new high of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day: 4,592. The death count is also high, with 59 people losing their lives.

The county also reported record hospitalization numbers today, with 2,173 people currently receiving treatment. Younger people are being hospitalized at a higher rate than any other point in the pandemic, comprising 20% of those undergoing such care.

Today's numbers bring the total number of deaths in the county to 3,988, and the total number of cases to 147,468.

Health officials are urging business owners to "take immediate action" to implement strategies to protect workers and customers. "The Health Officer Order to close indoor operations at many businesses must be followed," officals said in today's press release.

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The following businesses are violating the order if open:

  • indoor gyms and fitness centers
  • places of worship
  • offices for non-critical work
  • personal care services (nail salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours)
  • hair salons and barbershops
  • indoor malls
  • indoor dining at restaurants
  • indoor museums
  • indoor operations at zoos and aquariums
  • cardrooms and satellite wagering facitlies
  • all events and gatherings unless specifically allowed
Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County's director of public health, warned that the virus' spread could continue to grow if we're not vigilant:
"Each case represents a person that is capable of, and in all probability is, infecting at least one other person. If you do the math, it is easy to see why the alarm. In a matter of weeks, the 4,600 positive cases today could lead to over 18,000 infected people in a few weeks. And this is just from one day of new cases. Without aggressive action on the part of every person, we will not get back to slowing the spread."

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